Son strikes again as Tottenham edge past resolute Burnley

Date published: Monday 26th October 2020 9:54

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Son Heung-Min’s headed goal saw Tottenham beat a stubborn Burnley outfit 1-0 at Turf Moor and move up to fifth in the table.

Jose Mourinho’s side has been frustrated for long periods of the game but the South Korean forward struck in the 77th minute to earn the three points.

The first half provided little talk about, with a typically well organised Burnley outfit defending resolutely to prevent Spurs from creating any clear chances despite their dominance.

In fact, the away side, who entered the game as the Premier League’s joint top scorers, failed to register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

The Clarets were actually closer to taking the lead, however Ashley Barnes saw his effort ruled out for offside after Tottenham’s high line played him offside.

The first opening after the break went Burnley’s way too, Josh Brownhill pouncing on a stray pass from Ben Davies but the midfielder dragged his shot wide.

Chris Wood then saw a shot blocked by Toby Alderweireld before James Tarkowski made a mess of a free header from a corner.

Erik Lamela was brought on just before the hour mark as Jose Mourinho looked to inject an attacking influence into his team, but they still struggled to provide any serious threat.

And Burnley came within inches of being rewarded for their hard work with just under 20 minutes remaining when Tarkowski again got on the end of a corner and managed to direct his header at goal, only for Harry Kane to clear the ball off the line.

That scare seemed to finally spark Tottenham into life though, and the North London outfit then pressed forward.

Son was played through on goal but was too slow in pulling the trigger, allowing Kevin Long to get a block in and turn the ball away for a corner.

And it was from that set-piece that Spurs did make the breakthrough, Son heading home Kane’s flick on to score his eighth league goal of the campaign.

Having looked dangerous from corners throughout the contest, Burnley had a couple of chances to find a leveler in the dying minutes, however Hugo Lloris was on hand to calmly collect both.

Defender Joe Rodon was introduced for the final moments as Spurs saw the game out to claim a hard-fought victory.


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